Tripoli CBL governor rejects HoR's appointment of new governor, Al-Sweihli calls it unilateral act

Tripoli CBL governor rejects HoR's appointment of new governor, Al-Sweihli calls it unilateral act

December 19, 2017 - 21:46
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Governor of the Central Bank of Libya, Al-Siddiq Al-Kabeer

The Governor of the Tripoli-based Central Bank of Libya (CBL) Al-Siddiq Al-Kabeer has rejected the appointment of a new governor - Mohammed Al-Shukri - for the CBL by the House of Representatives (HoR) in Tobruk.

In a statement issued Tuesday shortly after the appointment, Al-Kabeer said the rejection comes from his responsibility to preserve Libyans' fortunes and resources amid the current chaos and not because he wants to keep the job for himself.

"The CBL is in support of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) that is internationally and nationally recognized as the sole authority and main source of official decisions, thus the HoR's appointment of a new governor for the CBL is a blindingly obvious violation of the law and the LPA." The statement reads.

It added that the CBL will remain distant from conflicts and agendas, assuring the Libyan people that it is going to keep on reserving their assets and reforming the economic sector as well as the financial one so that the Libyan dinar can regain its value, thus leading Libya into economic and political stability.

Meanwhile, the Head of the High Council of State (HCS) Abdelrahman Al-Sweihli also rejected the "unilateral" decision made by the HoR by appointing a new governor for the CBL, adding that it is against the LPA.

"Al-Siddiq Al-Kabeer will remain the CBL governor until the sovereign positions are occupied as per the Article 15 of the LPA." Al-Sweihli tweeted Tuesday evening.

On the other hand, there has been no statement yet by the Presidential Council or the UNSMIL or even the countries which have interest in the Libyan situation regarding the new HoR appointment.

Al-Shukri was voted a new governor Tuesday by 54 HoR members though the session was delayed for some time as loyalists to Khalifa Haftar stormed the headquarters of the HoR and prevented the MPs from entering, protesting the continuation of the political process after December 17 and calling for mandating Haftar to rule Libya.